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A child with undiagnosed add/adhd should see a pedi psychiatrist or developmental pediatrician?

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Dr. Nguyen Nguyen
Pediatrics
9 doctors agree

In brief: Depends

It depends on who is available in your area check with your pediatrician first.
Some general pediatricians, including myself can evaluate and diagnose adhd using various tools. Others refer the child to a psychologist for a battery of test, then may give medicine if needs too. Others refer to a psychiatrist or even a neurologist. A developmental pediatrician, if available, could also see him.

In brief: Depends

It depends on who is available in your area check with your pediatrician first.
Some general pediatricians, including myself can evaluate and diagnose adhd using various tools. Others refer the child to a psychologist for a battery of test, then may give medicine if needs too. Others refer to a psychiatrist or even a neurologist. A developmental pediatrician, if available, could also see him.
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Dr. Glen Elliott
Pediatrics - Psychiatry
5 doctors agree

In brief: ADHD diagnosis takes

Adhd can range from simple to quick complex.
Since 2/3 or children and adolescents with adhd also have other problems, it is best to get a thorough evaluation with someone who is expert in adhd. This can be a child and adolescent psychiatrist, a behavioral and developmental pediatrician, or a psychologist. The extent of testing needed depends on the types of problems and the age of the child.

In brief: ADHD diagnosis takes

Adhd can range from simple to quick complex.
Since 2/3 or children and adolescents with adhd also have other problems, it is best to get a thorough evaluation with someone who is expert in adhd. This can be a child and adolescent psychiatrist, a behavioral and developmental pediatrician, or a psychologist. The extent of testing needed depends on the types of problems and the age of the child.
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Dr. Clarence Wimberly
Our office does alot of ADD/ADHD diagnosis and treatment and doctors of Family Practice can also care for these problems
Dr. Mark Diamond
Pediatrics
5 doctors agree

In brief: Sure, But...

Most pediatricians are perfectly capable of diagnosing, counseling and treating add/adhd.
If not, the specialists are fine.

In brief: Sure, But...

Most pediatricians are perfectly capable of diagnosing, counseling and treating add/adhd.
If not, the specialists are fine.
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Dr. Johanna Fricke
Pediatrics - Developmental & Behavioral
4 doctors agree

In brief: Either one

While there are slight differences in our approach to diagnosis, treatment is well standardized.
About 30% of kids with adhd have learning disabilities. Standardized tests for these are done by child psychologists or neuropsychologists.Ask your child's teacher if his adhd symptoms are impacting his learning, peer interaction or behavior at school. He may qualify for accomodations, a "section 504.".

In brief: Either one

While there are slight differences in our approach to diagnosis, treatment is well standardized.
About 30% of kids with adhd have learning disabilities. Standardized tests for these are done by child psychologists or neuropsychologists.Ask your child's teacher if his adhd symptoms are impacting his learning, peer interaction or behavior at school. He may qualify for accomodations, a "section 504.".
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Dr. Albert Pizzo
Family Medicine
4 doctors agree

In brief: ADHD

Many physicians are capable of diagnosing and treating adhd.
If you have a family doctor, discuss the matter with the doctor or with a pediatrician. Ask for a thorough evaluation by a doctor who works with children with adhd.

In brief: ADHD

Many physicians are capable of diagnosing and treating adhd.
If you have a family doctor, discuss the matter with the doctor or with a pediatrician. Ask for a thorough evaluation by a doctor who works with children with adhd.
Dr. Albert Pizzo
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Dr. Andres R Villar
Pediatrics
3 doctors agree

In brief: Who is available?

Ideally your child should be evaluated by the most competent, most experienced professional in your area, unfortunately that is not always the case.
See your pediatrician first, ask how comfortable is he/she in doing a thorough assesment, not just a courtesy evaluation and symptom checklist.If your md is not an option, ask for a referral , chadds is a source.Serious diagnosis, often mismanaged!

In brief: Who is available?

Ideally your child should be evaluated by the most competent, most experienced professional in your area, unfortunately that is not always the case.
See your pediatrician first, ask how comfortable is he/she in doing a thorough assesment, not just a courtesy evaluation and symptom checklist.If your md is not an option, ask for a referral , chadds is a source.Serious diagnosis, often mismanaged!
Dr. Andres R Villar
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Dr. Thomas Seck
Pediatrics
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Either or neither

Most general pediatricians are more than comfortable handling basic add/adhd and may have the benefit of already knowing your child and your family.
If a child is more complicated than what a pediatrician can handle then generally a psychiatrist would be next. In my experience, developmental pediatricians usually focus on complex conditions with developmental delays, i.e. Autism.

In brief: Either or neither

Most general pediatricians are more than comfortable handling basic add/adhd and may have the benefit of already knowing your child and your family.
If a child is more complicated than what a pediatrician can handle then generally a psychiatrist would be next. In my experience, developmental pediatricians usually focus on complex conditions with developmental delays, i.e. Autism.
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Dr. Tanya Russo
Pediatrics

In brief: Primary pediatrician

Although psychiatrists and developmental pediatricians are certainly able to diagnoses and treat ADHD, most primary care pediatricians are now well versed and capable of diagnosing and managing ADD/ADHD.
In our community, the developmental pediatricians and psychiatrists prefer to see complicated patients, or those who are not responding to standard therapies.

In brief: Primary pediatrician

Although psychiatrists and developmental pediatricians are certainly able to diagnoses and treat ADHD, most primary care pediatricians are now well versed and capable of diagnosing and managing ADD/ADHD.
In our community, the developmental pediatricians and psychiatrists prefer to see complicated patients, or those who are not responding to standard therapies.
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